Commissioner threatens disciplinary action for any “public discussion” of decision to proceed with draft


Commissioner Roger Goodell’s Thursday night memo to all teams made it clear there’s no benefit to be obtained from publicly arguing for a delay in the draft. The memo also made it clear that there’s a very real downside.

“The [Management Council Executive Committee] was also clear, and I share the Committee’s view, that public discussion of issues
relating to the Draft serves no useful purpose and is grounds for disciplinary action,” Roger Goodell wrote to all teams in the memo, a copy of which was obtained by PFT.

In other words, anyone who would be tempted to echo concerns recently raised by Saints G.M. Mickey Loomis or Broncos G.M. John Elway should resist. Anyone within the league who chooses to go on the record to criticize the league’s decision to proceed with the draft as scheduled on April 23-25 will be subject to punishment.

It will be interesting to see whether anyone calls the league’s bluff on this. Would the league truly take action against someone who argues against moving forward with the draft under the strangest and more serious circumstances America has experienced since World War II? It will be interesting to see whether anyone dares to speak out — and whether the NFL dares to do anything about it.

Regardless, the draft will proceed four weeks from tonight. Nothing anyone inside or outside the league says about that will change it at this point.

27 responses to “Commissioner threatens disciplinary action for any “public discussion” of decision to proceed with draft

  1. Good move by Goodell. I guess he’s saying if you talk about not wanting to draft, he’ll honor your wishes and take away your draft picks. Then you won’t have anything to worry about. I Love it!

  2. Everyone is in the same boat, so what makes the difference? If your team isn’t as prepared as other teams, that’s your fault. It’s not like you didn’t know it was coming.

  3. If the owners don’t like it I wouldn’t expect Goodell to have another term as commish.

  4. It’s not very often that 3 #1’s Sit there on the free agency market for couple weeks. Extraordinary times, but some of this is a seemingly slowing of the frenzy spending by teams using new found discipline with players not yet adjusted to the new norm.

  5. makes sense to me, I am sure the decision was made by all of them and there will always be a few for whatever reason will try something like that.

  6. zero comments lol, not a good look Goodell. Going to be interesting if some high profile team member dies from the virus.

  7. This Commissioner has a long history of Reacting to circumstances rather than acting first to prevent outward circumstances from developing. He now shows that he will not tolerate any challenge to his authority. Many have believed that he should have been replaced years ago.

  8. Looking forward to it. Holding the draft endangers no-one if they do it right. It is one Hell of a lot better than crowding thousands into Vegas to spread the disease as fast as possible.

  9. Boy, the NFL is taking that “you have a right to free speech but employment is a privilege” thing all the way.

    I dont know what sort of punishment. But at this point its been made clear that defy Roger and a way will be found for you to suffer.

  10. Goodell, I don’t think your punishment would hold up in arbitration or court

    “A general manager subcommittee voted Tuesday to recommend that Commissioner Roger Goodell move the draft from its scheduled dates, which are April 23 through April 25, ESPN reported.”

  11. Good .Employees should re frame from making comments that portray the league in a negative fashion …you know…like the real world.

  12. So this is where we are…the league offers only an authoritarian response to punish anyone expressing a concern for the public as opposed to the league.

  13. It’s a source of revenue , don’t mess with the NFL’s money.
    they can have the draft remotely is just the players won’t will be in one place to shake the commissioner’s hand.
    Unless Rodger is stupid enough to want to be in the middle of a very large crowd.

  14. Rog is declaring martial law in the NFL. Deal with it. If you don’t like it find a job elsewhere.

  15. Doesn’t matter there is the real possibility there is no NFL season this year.

  16. Roger is an authoritarian. He’s always shown who he is. This is what authoritarians do. This just gives him a chance to really strut his stuff.
    That’s why he enjoys being judge, jury, & prosecutor in all player disciplinary matters.

  17. The way things stand today there is no guarantee a 2020 season will be played. It may well turn out to be less than a 16 or 17 game schedule, perhaps a 10 game season. That question may not be resolved until late July.

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